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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
1 Community School Drive
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Telephone
(208) 622-3955

Applying

Application Deadline
February 25
Application Fee
$0
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$30,250
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
27%
Average Financial Aid
$13,085
From Sun Valley Community School

Community School is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school in Sun Valley, Idaho. Signature programs in the Upper School include Sun Valley Ski Academy, Outdoor Leadership Academy, and Creative Arts Academy.

Across three divisions, Community School students are known and challenged by an inspiring faculty to think critically in a collaborative, close-knit community. Our graduates walk out into the world with confidence earned through academic and outdoor endeavors that contribute to an authentic sense of self, embodying our motto: "From Here . . . Anywhere."

Sun Valley Community School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1290
54 responses
Average ACT
29
20 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Fall Campout
    31%
  • Powder Day
    31%
  • All of the outdoor trips
    23%
  • School Trips
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
380
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$61,125
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,190
National
$949
Median Home Value
$840,000
National
$184,700

Sun Valley Community School Reviews

25 reviews
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Oh, Sun Valley Community School--you had opportunity to be so much more! Instead of opening your windows to the world and admitting students for the diverse international and cultural perspectives they would bring--the hallmark of an excellent, well-rounded education--you narrowed your focus to being a ski academy for (mainly) privileged white kids. The result? A homogenous student body that simply does not know how to be welcoming of--or curious about-- kids from diverse backgrounds. (The few kids who have attended that are from diverse backgrounds confirm this is the case.) I gave school 4 stars because of extraordinary teacher quality and outdoor program. But there's a big missing piece to a $30,000 SVCS education--and it's glaring.
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We moved here from the East Coast 4 years ago and love the experience, the independence, and small class sizes. Above all, the Middle School offers athletic teams starting in 6th grade. Great way to meet friends and build up the camaraderie amongst students. The location can't be beat!
I have attended the community school since kindergarten. One of the things that has kept me here has been the amazing teachers and outdoor program. I have received almost all of my tuition in financial aid which has been an amazing blessing to go to this school. The outdoor program is a highlight and is what makes this school unique among small private schools. From the Canyonlands of Utah to coastal rainforests, you will visit amazing places and have incredible experiences regardless of your experience level in the outdoors. My only gripe with the school would be that it seems to have more of a humanities focus than a STEM one. The programs are improving but Math, Science, and Technology are not as valued as I think they should be. However, the school prepares you for college without having a stressed out and competitive atmosphere. I credit my amazing teachers for my high test scores (1560 SAT) and college ambitions.